Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hey Chick!

I made this card for a team swap. I really just wanted an excuse to play with the new Watercolor Pencils and this crazy chicken was the perfect canvas for testing out the blending capabilities!

 Here's a close-up of the silly chicken:

So, needless to say, I was quite impressed with the Watercolor Pencils! If you haven't tried them yet, you really should.

Have a great weekend!
Michele

Monday, January 9, 2017

How About Ice Cream?

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!! Here's the other card I made for one of my nieces using Cool Treats:

This one uses the coordinating Frozen Treats Framelits and it was so much fun to put this little cone together! I stamped some sprinkles on a couple of the scoops using some Whisper White Craft ink. I made the cherry out of Watermelon Wonder, but I colored the stem with a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker.

It's fun making birthday cards for nieces! ...well, heck, it's fun to make birthday cards for ANYone!

Hugs,
Michele

Friday, January 6, 2017

Dreamsicle, Anyone?

It may be getting quite cold around these parts, but I just couldn't wait to play with this new Cool Treats stamp set! I made this card for one of my nieces.

To make my dreamsicle, I used Peekaboo Peach full strength, and then did the stripes in the same color also at full strength. I didn't think they'd show up this well using them both at full strength, but as you can see, they did great! The stick is made with Crumb Cake.

I'll have another Cool Treats card to show you in a couple days!

Hugs,
Michele

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Masculine Birthday

It's so great to be stamping again... I sure missed it. And I'm so excited to be playing with some new things that just came available, like the Watercolor Pencils that I used to color this guitar. I have always loved watercoloring, and these pencils certainly don't disappoint!

This card was made for my father-in-law using Country Livin' and Guy Greetings. The embossing folder on this one is long retired, but I found this piece of Crumb Cake in my scrap bin, and since it looked so great with this card, I hoped you'd all forgive me. :) Truly, it could be embossed with just about anything and still look great.

Hugs,
Michele

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!

It has been a long, long time... but I'm happy to report that the construction on our house is finally complete, and since I now have a dedicated office again (yay!!), I can finally get back to doing what I love to do... STAMP!!

This card was made for a dear friend of mine using Fresh Fruit. Tip: to subdue the Designer Series Paper, I placed a piece of vellum over the top.

Happy New Year, everyone... and I sincerely hope to be publishing more often (I have already made 3 more cards that I'll be sharing over the next few days!)

Hugs,
Michele

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Congratulations!

I will start by admitting that this card came straight from the beautiful imagination of my dear friend, Marelle Taylor. She's amazing and I love to sponge ideas from her... thanks for this one, Marelle! I didn't have the time to come up with a card for my nephew and his wife for their new pregnancy, but I felt that this one was elegant and just lovely!

This gorgeous card uses the new Floral Phrases stamp set bundled with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Die (pg 76-77 of the new catalog). The colors here are Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla, with the sentiment in Early Espresso. I also added a few pearls and a Very Vanilla ribbon.

Happy Stamping!
Michele

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fresh Fruit

I have been playing with some new things and having so much fun! This one is Fresh Fruit... I like the black outline, but you don't have to use it if you prefer a softer look.

 And because I felt that these juicy strawberries needed a bit of sparkle, I added some Wink of Stella!

Happy Stamping!
Michele

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sitting Here

My sweet daddy just had his knee replaced a week ago and I wanted to send him something to let him know I'm thinking about him... the new Sitting Here stamp set was just the one! (it may be a little feminine for some guys, but my dad will still like it... or he'll just give it to my mom...!)

 I fussy-cut the pillows as well as the pup... again, I don't do much fussy-cutting, but these were easy (especially the pillows). Here's the inside:

Here's to my Pop feeling right as rain real soon!!
Michele

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Marquee Messages

I finally placed my first order from the new catalog and I took some time to play with my favorite set... Marquee Messages! Here's what I made:

Colors above: Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight
Colors below: Emerald Envy and Wisteria Wonder

To get the vibrant color, I stamped on colored cardstock and then cut those pieces out. I don't do a lot of "fussy-cutting," but these pieces were easy. Give it a try!

Happy Stamping!
Michele

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Birthday Blossoms

Here's a sweet, simple card using Birthday Blossoms. I love using a coordinating stamp on the envelope and sometimes even the inside of the card, as shown here:

One of my favorite new products is the Wink of Stella Glitter brush. It's so easy, and it packs just the right amount of punch on any card! Here's a close-up of the flowers on a lighter pink version:


Have you stamped today?
Michele


Monday, February 8, 2016

More Tap Tap Taps!!

I sure love this set... here was the other card I made with it:

I'm in a phase where I don't want any "bumps" on my cards (as the post office worker calls them)... such as ribbon knots and rhinestones. I don't always like adding that extra 22 cents, so this card was an attempt to include ribbon and still keep the post office happy. ;)

Happy Stamping!
Michele

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Tap Tap Tap

I've always been drawn to this stamp set, primarily because I'm drawn to all things old fashioned, I suppose! I took some time to make some simple notecards to send to friends and this was my favorite:

Take a few minutes to say "hello" to one of your good friends today!

Happy Stamping!
Michele


Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

Today is my parents' 47th wedding anniversary! I mailed this card to them to commemorate the occasion:

You can see that I used some new stamps, including the gorgeous new "Number of Years" bundle from the new Occasions catalog! I can easily predict that I'll be using this set a lot.

I look forward to the time when I can celebrate 47 years with my own husband! ...but for now, we'll be happy celebrating our 24th.

Happy stamping!
Michele

Monday, September 7, 2015

Vintage Leaves #3

Here's another beauty using Vintage Leaves:


I admit that this one was totally CASEd from Teneale Williams. I didn't change a thing - hers was simply gorgeous! I didn't read her post to see how she did it, but I used a plain acrylic block to make the square... just inked that thing right up!

Blessings to you,
Michele